It could not have started worse for the Jags on Friday night. And it could not have ended better.
Northwest gave the Richard Montgomery Rockets an 18 point lead in the first half. The Jags began with a fumbled punt return which the Rockets recovered in the endzone to go up 6-0. The Rockets scored again in the second quarter to go up 12-0, and the Jags again fumbled the kickoff into the endzone, which was recovered by Richard Montgomery. The Jags found themselves in an 18-0 hole with 6:09 left in the first half.
After a 40-yard run by Juwon Farri down to the RM five-yard line, Northwest would begin to find their groove. Senior quarterback Chris Craddock would get the Jags on the board with a five-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 18-7.
The Jags special teams would begin to make up for the two turnovers with a blocked punt. Northwest would capitalize on that with a touchdown run by Farri to further cut into the Rockets’ lead. Richard Montgomery would add three-points from a field goal to take a 21-14 lead into halftime.
Farri would score his second touchdown of the game on a 34-yard run to tie the game at 21 early in the third quarter. On the next RM possession, the Jags’ defense would come up with a big fourth-and-one stop to get the ball back. Northwest would take the lead on a 34-yard pass from Craddock to senior wide-out Norval Black. The Jags led 28-21 at the end third quarter.
Richard Montgomery would only manage to put three more points on the board to cut the lead to four at 28-24.
The Jags would score 21 points in the fourth quarter to cement the victory. Norval Black began the fourth quarter onslaught by taking the ensuing kickoff 75-yards for a Northwest touchdown to make it 35-24 with 7:25 in the fourth quarter.
Craddock would score his second five-yard keeper of the game, and an interception by Tray Dawkins would lead to a 34-yard Isaiah Bishop touchdown run to cap the scoring at 49-24 with 3:37 left in the game.
The Rockets now 4-3 after the loss and will face 3-4 B-CC next week, who are coming off a 44-0 drubbing at the hands of Wootton on Friday. The Jags improve to 6-1 and will travel to Whitman next week to play the 1-6 Vikings, who got their first win of the season on Friday with a 27-7 victory over Walter Johnson.
In two weeks, the Jags will travel to play 6-1 Quince Orchard in what is usually a preview of a playoff showdown. The Cougars are traveling to 2-5 Wheaton on Friday. Both the Jags and the Cougars losses have been at the hands of private schools. The Jags were beaten by Good Counsel, and the QO lost to Bullis by one point in an overtime thriller.
Top: Jags’ running back Juwon Farri (1) finds a hole in the Rockets defense. He would score two touchdowns in Friday’s comeback win.
Next: Northwest sophomore Isiah Williams (21) is tackled by an RM defender.
Next: Jags defenders senior Luke Patterson (11), junior Rha Overstreet (70), along with senior Tray Dawkins (25) take down Richard Montgomery’s Michael Braswell (3).
Photos by Mark Poetker for Germantown Pulse.